Psychosomatic Relations in Hypnosis and Epilepsy

  • L. Goldie
Conference paper


The term psychosomatic medicine used in the title of this conference is in a sense superfluous. In clinical practice one always should try to consider the patient as a whole, that is his psyche and his soma, and perhaps we can justify the use of the term psychosomatic if only because it draws our attention to the fact that this is always necessary, and in certain conditions it is of more importance than in others to bear this clearly in mind. Some conditions have been specially called psychosomatic disorders and this reminds us that in such instances mind/brain/body relationships are particularly obvious. For those interested in the evolution of ideas on, and investigations of mind/brain/body relationships and their vicissitudes one cannot do better than study the history of both epilepsy and hypnosis, starting with the descriptions of “Mesmeric convulsions” and linking this with the equally chequered over-lapping history of epilepsy. To investigators of hypnotic phenomena it seemed that hypnosis would provide a convenient means of controlling the psychological situation when physiological experiments were contemplated. The epileptic process seemed a very obvious physiological event and could be used to indicate in the predisposed subject the effects of psychological processes. This seemed to be especially true of the reflex epilepsies.


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  • L. Goldie
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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